Timeline - What should I be Doing?

Week One


  1. Participating teachers finalize list of student participants and create a Google Doc to organize teams.
  2. Students are introduced to Web 2.0 and collaborative technology tools and join the Flat Classroom Ning and Wiki
  3. Students groups are finalized and students "handshake" via the Ning with students from other classrooms around the world
  4. Students write an introductory "About Me" blog on their Ning page or record an introductory podcast or video podcast and upload to their Ning page.
  5. Reading materials are distributed for "The World is Flat - A Brief history of the 21st Century," by Thomas L. Friedman.
  6. Read Chapter 26 in US Government textbook on the Development of Economic Systems and the Global Economy.

Week Two


  1. Students view documentary "2 Million Minutes " comparing the state of education in China, India, and the United States and post initial blog reflection on Ning to discuss their impressions of global learning.
  2. Students watch the Friedman video where he talks about The World is Flat. This will start conversation and generate ideas about each topic and each of the 10 Global Flatteners.
  3. Students are introduced to Social Bookmarking and join the Flat Classroom Diigo group and begin conducting research on the internet about their specified topic.
  4. Students explore topic areas, choose topic and add their name to the corresponding team wiki to be built, collaboratively, about that topic.
  5. Students begin a weekly reflective blog on their Ning page about their experiences in the project and their growing understanding of economic principles, globalization and the economy.

Week Three


  1. Students finish finding their team members on the Ning.
  2. Students continue researching their topic and start to collaborate directly with team members via the wiki.
  3. Students begin contributing content to their respective team wiki.
  4. Students contribute to their weekly reflective blog.

Week Four


  1. Students participate in designated Keynote Speaker session (to be determined at a later date) via Skype or Elluminate.
  2. Students contribute to online discussion/reflection regarding Keynote Speaker.
  3. Students begin to write a digital story as the basis for their final multimedia digital artifact.
  4. Review storyboard resources and look-around at these storyboard tools
  5. Students begin to peer edit each other's work on their respective team wiki and/or continue contributing.
  6. Once students decide on the angle of their digital story, they are to post outsource requests to the designated wiki page for other students to complete.
  7. Storyboard Assignment due.
  8. Students contribute to their weekly reflective blog.

Week Five


  1. Students continue to write a digital story about their topic as the basis for their final multimedia project.
  2. Students continue to peer edit each other's work on their respective team wiki and/or continue contributing.
  3. Students choose another person's outsource request to complete and add their name to the respective wiki.
  4. Students complete outsource requests and upload to the Ning to be downloaded by the requester.
  5. Students contribute to their weekly reflective blog.

Week Six


  1. Students participate in iMovie an GarageBand boot camp. Additional resources can be found here .
  2. Students begin creation of multimedia presentation in iMovie.
  3. Students download their completed outsource requests from the Ning and incorporate them into their digital presentation/iMovie.
  4. Students finalize all team wiki editing.
  5. Students contribute to their weekly reflective blog.

Week Seven


  1. Finalize multimedia product, upload to the Ning and embed to the team wiki.
  2. Outside judging is conducted by professionals in the technology and/or education fields via Survey Share and/or Google Docs.
  3. Students prepare one PowerPoint slide with snapshots of their project to use as a presentation screen for Student Summit.
  4. Students contribute to their weekly reflective blog.

Week Eight


  1. Students award ceremony held via Elluminate with participating judges.
  2. Each participating classroom schedules and holds a Student Summit in Elluminate where professionals jin and question students about their projects.
  3. Students post final project reflections to their Ning blog.
  4. Students contribute to their weekly reflective blog.

Flat Classroom Collaborative Group Calendar